Symbols of the Gods

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Olympians

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As students are introduced to Greek mythology, it's helpful for them to start off understanding symbols! Symbols are extremely important when discussing the Greek gods and goddesses. Both major and minor gods had symbols and physical attributes that identified them. Each god and goddess had their own domain of power and influence, which often pointed to items, plants, and animals. Some symbols only became associated with a god because of one of the myths and remained as an identifier in art and literature.

In this activity, students will create representations of various Greek gods, the number of which is at the teacher's discretion. Students will create a traditional storyboard with titles (names) and descriptions. In each cell, students need to depict the god with a scene and at least one item or animal. While there are characters who are intended to be the Greek gods and goddesses in the "Greek Mythology" tab on Storyboard That, students should feel open to choosing any character they like to represent the gods.


The example below includes the twelve Olympians and an additional four. Hades and Hestia are siblings of Zeus, Persephone is the daughter of Demeter and wife to Hades, and Hercules is a famous demi-god who ascended to Olympus at his death. Feel free to provide your students a list of gods and goddesses, or even have them illustrate as many as they can think of!


Greek Gods and Goddesses Symbols

NAMESYMBOL/ATTRIBUTE NAMESYMBOL/ATTRIBUTE
Zeus
  • Sky
  • Eagle
  • Lightning bolt
Hera
  • Peacock
  • Diadem
  • Cow
Poseidon
  • Sea
  • Trident
  • Horse
Demeter
  • Field
  • Cornucopia
  • Grain
Hephaestus
  • Volcano
  • Forge
  • Hammer
Aphrodite
  • Rose
  • Dove
  • Mirror
Apollo
  • Sun
  • Serpent
  • Lyre
Artemis
  • Moon
  • Deer/Stag
  • Bow
Athena
  • Architecture
  • Owl
  • Medusa's Head
Ares
  • Spear
  • Boar
  • Shield
Hermes
  • Winged Sandals
  • Winged Hat
  • Caduceus
Dionysus
  • Wine/grapes
  • Exotic animals
  • Thyrsus
Hades
  • Underworld
  • Cerberus
  • Helm of Invisibility
Hestia
  • Home
  • Hearth
  • Sacred Fire
Persephone
  • Spring
  • Pomegranate
Hercules
  • Nemean Lion Skin
  • Club


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Create a storyboard depicting important symbols for Olympians in Greek Mythology.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify important symbols for each god or goddess.
  3. Illustrate each cell with appropriate images, scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.
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